You’re probably aware that Raspbmc is becoming OSMC. We’re once again a day closer to that, so I decided that this update to Raspbmc would be the last. It’s time to move on to OSMC which will provide a faster, stabler and more feature filled experience for Raspberry Pi. Here’s what’s new in the update:
- Fix a bug where Kodi cannot be stopped properly. Stopping Kodi is now possible again via the command line with sudo initctl stop kodi
- Update to Kodi 14.1
- Fix the watchdog daemon to display “Kodi will restart shortly”
- Update the standalone image to ship with Kodi Helix
- Fix bugs where settings did not apply properly after the XBMC -> Kodi name change
- Remove the web browser from Kodi which was causing issues
- Update Pi firmware for improved support of Kodi features
- Fix the glibc vulnerability ‘Ghost’ (CVE-2015-0235)
Raspbmc is in extended support phase until 1 June 2015 and will receive security updates only until this date. After this, the update servers will be turned off. Raspbmc will still work (but won’t get updates). I will keep the standalone image available indefinitely for those that want to stick with Raspbmc.
It’s been a long and bumpy ride. I’d like to thank everyone who ran Raspbmc and contributed to it. Raspbmc had over three million downloads and still has 200,000 users. It’s not easy to end Raspbmc development, but it needs to be done. It has been featured on Ars Technica, Engadget, BBC, New York Times and it’s found its way into cars, hotels and airports. I can’t wait to see how successful OSMC will become.
A slightly odd but impressive piece of artwork from a happy user!
Many of you have some questions about OSMC and what the change will mean, so I thought I’d answer some common questions here.
Q: Are you still supporting Raspberry Pi?
A: Yes — OSMC runs on Raspberry Pi, as well as other platforms.
Q: Can I install Kodi addons on OSMC?
A: Yes — OSMC still has Kodi as its media center application and we have not restricted the installation of add-ons in any way. All add-ons that run on Raspbmc will run on OSMC. You also have the full Debian system underneath to expand your system as you choose.
Q: Will I be able to upgrade from Raspbmc?
A: Yes and no. The upgrade will require a fresh install from the OSMC website, but I will implement a way of migrating settings and library data from a Raspbmc installation to OSMC. This will be documented properly when OSMC is released.
Raspberry Pi 2
The foundation have announced the new Raspberry Pi 2. This gives a much desired faster ARM processor and an extra 512MB of RAM (totalling up to 1GB). I am not adding support to Raspbmc as this would require a lot of effort for not a lot of gain. Instead, I have made sure that we already have supported in OSMC. OSMC has just reached Alpha 4. There’s never been a better time to try it. You’ll love how fast it is!
Farewell Raspbmc. Thanks for the fun! It’s been a good three years: Feb 2nd 2012 – Feb 2nd 2015.
If you’ve enjoyed the ride and want to help support OSMC, you can make a donation here.